The Road to Character Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

David Brooks
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Essay Topic 1

Write an essay analyzing how the radio program Command Performance, the WWII-era radio show that Brooks heard on NPR, inspired his writing of The Road to Character, citing specific references to the text to support your answer .

Essay Topic 2

Brooks repeatedly refers to Immanuel Kant's adage, "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made" (11). Write an essay analyzing how this sentiment relates to the idea of self-awareness.

Essay Topic 3

Choose two figures that Brooks profiles in the book and write an essay discussing how their lives and experiences exemplify his claim that many people of admirable character "had to go down to go up" (13).

Essay Topic 4

How did the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire act as a motivator for Frances Perkins' life work and what Brooks refers to as Perkins' vocation? Write an essay explaining your answer, citing specific references to the...

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